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Sesquicentennial Year Marked with Celebrations, Web Features

You can still celebrate Oswego's 150th birthday with special documentaries and a webstream of the theatre department's interpretation of The Autobiography of Edward Austin Sheldon.


Oswego's Sesquicentennial year began with special Torchlight and Commencement ceremonies last May, continued with the Sesquicentennial Celebration at Reunion 2011 in June and culminated with "Sheldon's Birthday Bash," celebrated on Founder's Day in October.

Hundreds of faculty, staff and students marked the college's Sesquicentennial by creating "1861" ⎯ the year the college was founded ⎯ near Glimmerglass Lagoon, with the Village student townhouses as a backdrop. A birthday celebration complete with cake for founder Edward Austin Sheldon — born Oct. 4, 1823 — put an exclamation point on the festivities.

The college continues to debut chapters of an eight-part documentary series titled "The Story of SUNY Oswego: 150 Years." So far, "Our Founder," "Spectacular Campus," "Oswego and the World," and "Laker Lore" have been unveiled.

Join other Oswego parents, students, alumni and friends for a live webcast of "Speaking of Sheldon ... " Feb. 26. This reader's theatre approach to performance places the text in the foreground so that character and description - the writer's style and voice - can be appreciated.

In this new production formed from a collaboration of Theatre Professor Mark Cole '73 and actress Robin Curtis '78, four student performers, Jessica Quindlen '12, Michael Beshures '12, Nicholas Pike '13 and Clarissa Bawarski '15, will bring Sheldon's words to life - from descriptions of his parents and farm life to his early experiences as a student, to his tender description of his courtship and marriage, and his sister's record of his last days.

Other multimedia features include an interactive timeline and the Oswego Alumni Association's "Flat Founder" campaign.

To learn about Oswego's unique history, explore some of Oswego alumni magazine's recent features.

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